BLOODRAYNE: THE THIRD REICH
The film series is developed out from the videogame Bloodrayne (2002) in which the player character is Rayne as she hunts vampires and Nazis in various locations in the year 1933. Clearly, Uwe Boll has construed the films as a prequel and it is only with The Third Reich that the series arrives in the same era where the game takes place (although there are a number of differences between the two).
Uwe Boll has a reputation as the worlds worst director (not necessarily a designation this author agrees with). He has attracted a good deal of ire with his various videogame adaptations House of the Dead (2003), Alone in the Dark (2005), Bloodrayne, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007), Postal (2007) and Far Cry (2008) for a variety of reasons that include his indifference to game canon, bad casting choices and often ridiculous action sequences. Into the 2010s and up until his retirement in 2016, Boll moved on to original material (largely because his reputation grew such that videogame companies refused to sell him the rights any more) and into what increasingly seem to be angry diatribes against the modern world. (A list of Bolls other genre films is at the bottom of the page).
Bloodrayne: The Third Reich actually emerges as one of Uwe Bolls better films and is certainly the best of the Bloodrayne series. The action scenes are slickly choreographed. Boll even gives us a steamy girl-on-girl love scene at one point. The opening scenes with evocative images of people being herded off to the death camps could easily sit in a far better budgeted film. (It is hard to believe that Boll could go from here where he shows a sensitivity to the material to Blubberella wherein he turns The Holocaust into a bad taste joke).
One of the films bonuses is its cast. Natassia Malthe is not much of a presence she inhabits the action scenes but plays with almost no distinction in any other respect. Far better are Boll regular Michael Paré and Clint Howard, Rons younger brother. Both of them appear to have accepted that B movies like this are their lot in life and play to the gallery with immensely entertaining regard, especially Clint as the demented doctor.
Uwe Bolls other genre films are:- the serial killer film Sanctimony (2000); the backwoods horror Blackwoods (2002); the high school shooting rampage film Heart of America: Home Room (2002); the zombie film House of the Dead (2003); the monster movie/videogame adaptation Alone in the Dark (2005); the fantasy adventure In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) and its sequels In the Name of the King: Two Worlds (2011) and In the Name of the King 3 (2014); the videogame adaptation Postal (2007), a surreal bad taste satire about a shooting rampage; Seed (2007) about an executed killer returned from the grave; the videogame adaptation Far Cry (2008); Rampage (2009) about a man on a shooting spree and its sequels Rampage: Capital Punishment (2014) and Rampage: President Down (2016); Stoic (2009) about sadism and brutality in a prison; The Final Storm (2010) about an apocalyptic storm and the arrival of a mysterious stranger; the gonzo bad taste comedy Blubberella (2011) about an overweight vampire heroine; Assault on Wall Street/Bailout: The Age of Greed (2013) about a man on a shooting spree against bankers; and a segment of the horror anthology The Profane Exhibit (2013). Boll has also produced the ghost story They Wait (2007), Alone in the Dark II (2008), Zombie Massacre (2012), Legend of the Red Reaper (2013), Prisoners of the Sun (2013), Morning Star (2014), Viy (2014), Anger of the Dead (2015), Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead (2015) and Jack Goes Home (2016).